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Botswana travel guide for safari adventurers


Travel Tips

This concise Botswana travel guide has been inspired by a variety of frequently asked questions we receive from excited travellers as they prepare to join our Ker & Downey® Africa crew on Luxventure® trips to some of the most sought-after destinations throughout this incredible country. These Botswana travel tips provide an easy reference for anyone who is headed to these climes and would like to know more about the country, its weather, travel limitations, etc.

01 | When is the best time to go to Botswana?


Botswana is considered spectacular between June and October after the flood season. March and April are considered to be the transformation months when the dry floodplains and Mopani woodlands transform into lush green bushes. In short, the best time to go would be determined by what you'd like to see, whether it be the zebra migration, birding migration, etc.

Best Time To Go

March and April are considered to be the transformation months when the dry floodplains and Mopani woodlands transform into lush green bushes.

02 | What wildlife will I see in Botswana?


Botswana's wildlife is very diverse. Visitors can look forward to amazing predator sightings, including lions, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs. Elephants, impala, zebra and wildebeest are also prolific, and hippo, sable, giraffe, roan and Red Lechwe are present in large numbers. In Makgadikgadi you can see more rare species such as the brown hyena, aardwolf, aardvark and of course the meerkats. The rhino is being reintroduced in certain areas, but this is still under strict management with limited access to the public.

Botswana Wildlife
Botswana Predators

03 | Can I self-drive in Botswana?


Certain game reserves, such as Moremi Game Reserve, Savuti, Khwai and Chobe are accessible by 4x4 vehicles. Botswana travel guides do not recommend self-driving in the Delta as the roads are sandy and extremely rough. You are likely to get stuck and without any phone signal this can become problematic. It is best to fly in by light aircraft. Chobe is accessible by road, but these trips are normally facilitated by guided transfer companies.

Certain game reserves, such as Moremi Game Reserve, Savuti, Khwai and Chobe are accessible by 4x4 vehicles.

Botswana Self Drive

04 | What are the visa requirements for Botswana?


Most nationalities do not require a visa for Botswana, however it is always best to check with your local embassy or contact a visa specialist as this may change for given territories.

Botswana Guide Visa Requirements

Most nationalities do not require a visa for Botswana, however it is always best to check with your local embassy.

05 | How far are the Victoria Falls from Botswana?

Victoria Falls is about an hour to hour and half's drive to Kasane town. From Kasane to the parks in the Chobe Forest areas are another 30-45 minutes, depending on the camp's location. From Kasane to Nogatsaa, which is inside the park, is about a 2-hour drive. TOP Botswana travel tip: We do not recommend driving from the Victoria Falls to the Savuti/Delta area. Savuti is accessible by light aircraft.

Vic Falls To Botswana

06 | What activities can I do in Botswana?


This depends from one camp to the next. The most popular activities throughout Botswana include mokoro rides, boat cruises, as well as morning- and afternoon game drives. Specialist activities such as fishing, night game drives, walking safaris, elephant interactions, horse safaris for experienced riders, hot air balloon safaris, helicopter trips and village visits are offered as well.

The most popular activities throughout Botswana include mokoro rides, boat cruises, as well as morning- and afternoon game drives.

Makgadikgadi Wildlife

07 | Is Botswana a malaria area?


Botswana is considered a malaria area and it is strongly recommended to take anti-malaria tablets.

08 | What are the luggage restrictions?


Luggage restrictions on the light aircraft transfers are 20kg per person in soft-sided bags, including hand luggage. The aircraft companies do request flexible bags as the luggage pods are very small.

Luggage

Luggage restrictions on the light aircraft transfers are 20kg per person in soft-sided bags, including hand luggage.

09 | How are the water levels in Botswana?


Water levels in Botswana are dependent on the rainfall in Angola. If Angola had a good rainy season, water levels in the Delta will be good. Botswana's rainfall does not affect the Delta in a big way, but can contribute to road closures and flooding. It is always best to speak to one of our Adventurist before you make any decisions, as this is very unpredictable, and they are able to give up-to-date Botswana travel advice.

Water Levels

10 | When is the best time to go for mokoro safaris?


Some permanent water-based camps offer mokoro rides year-round, but this is dependent on water levels. The most popular time for mokoro safaris is normally from May/June through to September.

Travel Guide Mokoro

11 | What can you do in Makgadikgadi?


Some of the most popular activities in the Makgadikgadi region include quad bike adventures, horse riding, interacting with meerkats, game drives, night drives and Bushmen experiences.

Horse Riding Makgadikgadi

12 | What are the medical requirements for Botswana?


Although the country is not a yellow fever area, it is considered a malaria area. Consult with your local travel clinic about anti-malaria tablets before you go on your holiday.

13 | To which airport do I have to fly to access Botswana?

Maun is considered the main point of access for the Delta and Makgadikgadi. Kasane is closer to Chobe/Savuti. If you are travelling with children, please note the country’s child travel requirements.

Maun is considered the main point of access for the Delta and Makgadikgadi.

Botswana Airports

Do you have a question about safaris that has not been answered in this concise Botswana travel guide? Please feel free to get in touch with our Ker & Downey® Africa Adventurists. They lead Luxventure® trips throughout the country on a regular basis and will be able to provide any Botswana travel advice you may need.

Anna Bet2
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Anna-Bet Stemmet

Anna-Bet is a travel, food & wine writer based in the Swartland of the Western Cape of South Africa. She has a chronic case of wanderlust and an insatiable yen to amble down the road less travelled.


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